Turbine concern for M6

Energy: One turbine off the M6
Energy: One turbine off the M6
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Opponents have blasted the ‘proliferation’ of wind turbines along the M6 after planners approved two new developments.

A 70m structure will go up west of Burton Services between junctions 35 at Carnforth and J36, despite widespread opposition, while three measuring 17 metres are set for Nether Kellet farmland west of Kellet Lane.

As the three blades at Burton would overlap the Cumbrian border, consent is also required from South Lakeland councillors, but officers have recommended approval ahead of a meeting next week.

Critics said the motorway was fast becoming a ‘ribbon development’ for the highly-scrutinised energy schemes, which exist at Garstang, Lancaster University and Back Lane Quarry, Over Kellet.

Fears have been voiced about the growing visual impact of the turbines on the M6 corridor.

Dr Mike Hall, of Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery, said: “The M6 starts to get attractive as it passes Lancaster and north towards Farleton and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

“As a tourist route, we don’t believe it’s viable to plaster the whole route with turbines.”

Dr Hall, of Mansergh, near Kirkby Lonsdale, added: “There is a proliferation. Five years ago, we only had the Garstang turbine, now we have at least another seven.”

David Askew, a planning officer at Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), said the turbine would be ‘prominent’ from the AONB.

“We don’t want to see a great linear line of turbines along the M6 marking an unoffical boundary to the AONB,” he added.